What you need to know
Northumbria Students’ Union is equipped with a service lift that is directly accessible from outside the building, and goes to each floor of the building. If you have any items that you cannot comfortably and safely carry up or down stairs, you must use the service lift. Persons carrying goods/deliveries are not permitted to use the front-of-house lift – any person found doing so will be directed to the service lift!
The beer festival is located on the first floor of the building in Domain; the cider & perry festival is located on the second floor of the building in Reds. Important: When in the service lift, the loading area outside is marked ‘S’ – do not press ‘G’.
On your arrival
When you arrive, if there is no one in the car park waiting for you, before you bring any goods into the venue, you should make your way to Domain (via the East staircase, which is back-of-house), and report to the Festival Organising Team (Ian Lee, Bill Wilkinson or Jan Anderson), who will arrange for some volunteers to assist you with bringing your goods into the venue and operating the service lift.
From the rear of the building, Domain is accessed from level 1 of the service lift – come out of the lift, turn left, and go through the double doors. Using the East staircase (visible through the windows at the rear of the building), climb up two flights of stairs to the first floor, turn left to face in the opposite direction, and go through two sets of double doors.
Northumbria Student’s Union’s goods entrance is at the rear of the building, which is accessed by Day Street or Radnor Street (by permission only).
To make it as easy as possible for you to drive up to the venue, you should approach on Sandyford Road in a Westbound direction. There is no right turn from Sandyford Road onto Day Street!
Should you end up making an Eastbound approach, you’ll need to turn around to face West and make a left turn. Smaller vehicles should approach the mini-roundabout at the foot of Osborne Terrace in the right-hand lane and turn around at the mini-roundabout. Larger vehicles, including all HGVs, must keep in the left-hand lane, turn left at this mini-roundabout onto Osborne Terrace, then keep in the right-hand lane, turn right at the traffic lights onto Jesmond Road, get into the right-hand lane, turn right at the next set of traffic lights onto Portland Road, move into the right-hand lane, and turn right at the traffic lights back onto Sandyford Road. Go straight over the mini-roundabout.
Approaches from the North or South should aim to end up on the A167(M) – this is the road that crosses the Tyne Bridge, and can be accessed directly from the A1 (at Cowgate), the A184 (in Gateshead) or the B1318 (from Gosforth). Follow signs for the A1058 Tynemouth – as soon as you come off the motorway, keep in the right-hand lane and turn right at the traffic lights onto Osborne Terrace, then right at the mini-roundabout onto Sandyford Road.
Approaches from the East should aim to end up on the A1058 towards Newcastle – this is also the best approach for people using the A19, the A1058 is accessed at Silverlink Roundabout. At Cradlewell Junction, bear left onto Sandyford Road – do not go onto the bypass.
Approaches from the West should come across the A69 (for the North) or A66 (for the South), and join the A1. From here, you can join the A167 at Cowgate, and follow the directions above.